The backyard is transforming, thanks Katherine:) and everyone else who contributed.
Lotus flowers have been influential in cultures across the world from ancient times until today, from ancient Egypt and India to all across Asia. They have been associated with the human soul, gods and goddesses and featured in stories and legends. The meaning of a lotus flower ranges from divine purity and enlightenment, as in Buddhism, wealth, as in Hinduism, to rebirth, as in the ancient Egyptian religion. Many of the ancient meanings are still in use today.(1)
We LP77 envision a world of unity, empowerment, and abundance by being giving, loving, inspiring, and open. Through the Lotus Project we get to share and connect with our community, our friends, and each other in a way that inspires and empowers us all to create a world connected by abundant love and generosity and leaves lasting proof of that fact.
The Lotus Project will transform the backyard of Lotus House and revitalize the interior to create a cheerful, bright, restful, welcoming, safe, fun haven for the families living there.
Lotus House is an Emergency shelter operated by Safe Horizon. The people in Emergency shelters have been immediately removed in emergency from their prior residence/living situation (some from their homes, others from other shelters). So the women, children and men there are generally in crisis. The duration of their stay in Lotus house can be up to 90 days. As a result of the term and the emergency context, there is a large degree of turnover. We therefore intend to create as much a feeling as home during the stay of their residents as possible.
We will do this by creating:
a social area including barbecue grill, tables, chairs, umbrellas
a play area for kids with a slide, swing set, sandbox, and toys
clean and safe space with a new floor cover over the concrete, stair guard, a garbagecontainment unit
beauty through flower boxes, a cheerful mural painting, decorative lights, and a visual barrier to the adjacent backyard
Bright, clean space: remove wall paper on inside hallways and stairwell and paint the walls. Replace curtains and blinds on three windows
Resources for residents: donate one computer. Donate a bookshelf with 100 books and DVDs including books for adults: work readiness, fiction, etc and children's books